Combine Blog

IU Design Case Study

Posted on Jan 1, 2019

From the very beginning, design and creativity have always been a critical component to the Combine. We as a group decided early on to have a branding structure where a volunteer designer created a branding identity and helped evolve that identity every single year. Over time, the Combine has expressed itself in a variety of […]

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Jay Baer — Hug your haters

Posted on Nov 28, 2018

I love my mom. And my Mom loves Bloomington. But when she tells me I’m the smartest, most talented person in the world, I realize she might be a bit biased. I appreciate a regular dose of motherly love as much as the next person, but it’s important to recognize that not everyone shares your […]

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Meet the Volunteers : Katie Birge

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Katie first got involved in the Combine in 2011. She had just left her PhD program after a year, and at that time was super interested in turning factory-type towns into tech hubs. She started interning at Sprout Box, while also working part-time on the Bloomington Technology Partnership. These two experiences helped her focus on […]

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Startup community brings hometown boy back to Bloomington

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Tyler Henke didn’t think he would always call Bloomington home. But now the entrepreneur not only has rooted his businesses here, but he is actively working to bring more young professionals to his hometown. “Bloomington is perfectly weird, super comfortable, and full of incredible people,” Henke said of some […]

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From Intrapraneur to Entrepreneur: Leveraging the Combine for New Career Path

Posted on Apr 6, 2018

Sometimes you have to leave a great thing to find the right thing. After six successful years as an economic development professional, Dana Palazzo recently left her position of Vice President at the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) to follow her passion in technology. Once she made the decision to pivot her career, she dove […]

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Jay Baer to speak at the Combine 2018

Posted on Apr 4, 2018

Word-of-mouth is the most effective form of marketing today, according to Jay Baer, founder of Convince & Convert, New York Times best-selling author – and Saturday Combine Mainstage presenter. “It doesn’t matter the size of your business,” said Jay. “But in order to make word-of-mouth happen, you have to do something noticeably remarkable and then […]

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Civic Code & Design Challenge: Code for Your Community!

Posted on Mar 27, 2018

Participants at this year’s Civic Code + Design Challenge (Saturday Workshop, 10am – 12pm) will help refresh the City of Bloomington’s web-based issue reporting tool and have a chance of winning up to $1,000 in prize money, courtesy of the City’s Innovation Fund. The Challenge is hosted by the City of Bloomington’s Information & Technology […]

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Ignite Bloomington 18 – The Combine Edition

Posted on Mar 23, 2018

Included this year with your Combine ticket is admission to Ignite Bloomington 18. The 18th episode of this Bloomington community event will be the closing event for The Combine on Saturday, April 7, at The Bishop. The event is also open to the public with an entry fee of $5. Ignite is a series of 5-minute presentations, […]

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Paul Singh Tech Tour to Hold Combine Office Hours for Local 15 Startups

Posted on Mar 22, 2018

Local startups will have a chance to wow a top angel investor during The Combine 2018. Perhaps one or more could even become the next Cheddar – one of the first tech companies in Bloomington to secure venture capital from outside the Midwest. Former Silicon Valley startup founder Paul Singh has been driving across North […]

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Innovation Grows Here: Student Entrepreneurship at the Combine

Posted on Mar 16, 2018

Wes Wagner, a senior at Indiana University studying entrepreneurship and international business, first attended the Combine his sophomore year. Wagner’s passion for technology and entrepreneurship began in high school. “Most high school kids would get to school and talk about the big game from the night before. I would go to school and talk about […]

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